MANILA, Philippines – Nasabat ng mga tauhan ng Bureau of Customs ang trak na naglalaman ng 21,000 litro ng unmarked at smuggled diesel fuel sa Tondo, Manila.
Ayon sa BOC nitong Huwebes, Agosto 10, ang nasabat na diesel fuel ay isinailalim sa marking tests.
Ang una sa tatlong compartment na may 16,000 litro ng unmarked fuel ay sinuri noong Hulyo 10 at 12, habang ang iba pang compartment na may lamang 5,000 litro ay sinuri rin noong Hulyo 19. Lahat ng mga ito ay nagpakita ng “failed results.”
‘“This means that the owner of the fuel found in the lorry truck did not pay taxes and duties, which is in violation of Republic Act 10963 and Customs Memorandum Order (CMO) 43-2019, or the Implementing the Fuel Marking Program,” pahayag ni Customs Intelligence and Investigation Service Director Verne Enciso.
Naglabas na ng warrant of seizure and detention ang BOC laban sa lorry truck at karga nito, noong Agosto 4.
“Substandard fuel maximizes the profits only of those who sell it. Consumers are forced to carry the risks unwillingly and without them knowing. We are working double time to stop these activities and ensure our people are protected from those who make a mockery of our laws,” sinabi ni Enciso.
“Our economy—the global economy, in fact—depends on the proper regulation of fuel. Smuggling of unmarked fuel into the country jeopardizes the health of the economy,” ayon naman kay Customs Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence Group Juvymax Uy. RNT/JGC